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In this economic slump, not everyone can shell out $100 for a ticket to see The Lion King on Broadway. But that doesn't mean you can't find good, cheap entertainment in New York City. For example, you can head over to the New York Comedy Club, where you can get tickets for only 10 smackers.
Granted, unlike The Lion King, these shows aren't G-rated. However, you may sit among a crowd of youngish faces, since the club is open to 16-year-olds and up. And to be clear, the $10 rate is for weekdays and $15 for weekends, and all shows have a two-beverage requirement. Of course, alcohol will only be available to those 21 and older.
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We've been talking smack about New York's upscale BBQ trend, as we're more into the southern-style hole-in-the-walls than the BBQ-for-hipsters hotspots. But the truth is, some of these places are actually worth it. OK, at least one is.
Hill Country BBQ is a relative newcomer with a trendy Flatiron District location, a crowded live music lineup, and frequent Al Roker sightings. So we were rightfully a little suspicious this might not be the real deal.
But Hill Country lives up to the hype. The Texas-style pork ribs are spot-on and spicy, the moist brisket is tender and soft, and one of the most important BBQ aspects—the sides—are pretty perfect as well. With gooey mac and cheese, hot red chili, and smoky chipotle deviled eggs, even vegetarians leave Hill Country happy—and that's pretty solid praise for a traditional Texas BBQ joint.
Photo: [Hill Country]
While it hasn't yet completed the full mainstream crossover of, say, Pad Thai, the bahn mi sandwich has been a hit on the foodie scene and now seems poised for a breakout. This French-influenced Vietnamese staple does a delicious job of turning the basic sandwich staples--crusty bread, spiced meat and crunchy vegetables--into an exotic specialty.
Baoguette, which opened this week in Murray Hill, might be just the place to bring bahn mi to the masses. The new "gourmet sandwich café" (see, not a restaurant!) from the husband-and-wife team behind popular eateries Bu'n and Bao Noodles, offers made-to-order bahn mi sandwiches in a tiny, ten-seat Murray Hill shop formerly home to a Blimpie's.
Baoguette's signature sandwich is a baguette loaded with pork terrine, pate, pulled pork and fresh herbs, and there are also BBQ chicken, corned beef and catfish takes on the bahn mi. The best part is the decidedly mainstream-friendly pricing--$5 to $7 each.
[Photo: Jef Poskanzer]
If you're in NY right now, we know you're freezing your, um, whatever off. It's about 12 degrees, but feels like negative 20 outside. Where to go that's comforting and warm, and somewhere you can indulge in a cozy, Belgian feast? Petite Abeille is the perfect cure for the common winter chills.
With three locations, they're a chain, yet don't feel like one. There's something about the cheery blue and white gingham and bumble bee motif that warms us up, and if that doesn't work, try the Flemish-style beef stew with a Chimay (they have quite an authentic brew selection), or hit up the Wednesday night "Moules a Go-Go" deal of all-you-can-eat mussels. It's also a great place for brunch with out-of-towners and has enough room (and patience) for the stroller set too. Beware that the service can sometimes be spotty, but overall you'll leave sufficiently full and plenty warm.
· Petite Abeille [Official Site]
· Petite Abeille [MenuPages]